Before I even get into it, let me first get through all the cobwebs on my blog 😀
it actually feels like I haven’t been here in decades. Lol! okay so decades is pushing it (YES, Eziaha it is pushing it) but the truth is it does feel that way 🙂 . I won’t even dream of boring you with what it’s like over here right now with baby, and a very full house (thankfully) but it’s been a whole new experience. Much awaited… but a whole new experience none-the-less.
Well, one of those days when baby just arrived, between a baby and a toddler, between breast feeding and getting a two year old to eat, between diapers and pull-ups (‘dassah) I was able to steal away with my friend Mabel for some major pampering . … okay I’ll be honest it wasn’t the major kind like with a massage, facial, the whole works kind of thing, it was a simple pedicure but omo, I will take what I can get right now 😉 So as I was saying, we went to get a pedicure and I sooooooooooooooo love pedis
its one of my few luxuries, if I could, I probably would get one done every week so its amazing to me when I hear girls say almost as if to boast, “I’ve never had a pedicure” and I usually have my most shocked face ever as I say to them “you have got to be kidding me!”
It’s almost as bad as saying you have never been to a dentist…
okay so maybe nothing near as drastic but then it’s a luxury every woman should experience in their life-time . hey, what even got me started on pedicures? Oh okay, now I remember. I snuck out with my friend for a pedi and I got this really sweet Asian pedicurist who gave me the full five star treatment,
as soon as I sat in the chair, she set up the all over body massage function. Then she settled into doing her job. I left there with feet so pampered and soft …like babies’ feet.
Mabel on the other hand got another pedicurist who did her pedi like he couldn’t wait to get her out of there. I’m sure you are not asking who got the tip. As much as this isn’t a blog on character *rolling my eyes at some people right now* (you know your selves) oh! alright, so what if i always preach about character somehow…I will still so throw in a one-liner… it’s not just what you do; it’s how you do it that counts [selah]. Mabel and I left that salon with well-manicured feet but at the end of the day only one of us left feeling spoiled and pampered; hence only one pedicurist ending up with a tip.
And the real reason I wrote this was as we were driving home, I just thought of Jesus giving his disciples pedicures.
Oh! To experience this… it must have been heavenly, no pun intended. lol! However, I’m sure he wasn’t just pampering their feet because they had trekked dusty isreali roads. No Jesus was trying to teach them a thing or two about service. Honestly, I think it takes a servant heart to be able to “wash feet” or give pedicures in this case 😉 and that’s what Jesus was really trying to teach us. You see, when you ask people about service or ministry which by the way are actually inter-changeable, they always claim to be called to the office of pastor, prophet or apostle and claim to be called to “serve” in that capacity only. its funny how we miss out all the other silent areas of ministry.
In the last three months I have been a student of the word in a different kind of way. You know when the bible says …and the word was made flesh? Well, I saw it literally. I learned what Jesus meant when he said in…”Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you”. In other words I believe he was saying, SERVE! In whatever capacity and in whatever way.
You see, as a pastor and a minister of the gospel, I find a lot of times that a lot of people want to serve “me” in various capacities, that isn’t really uncommon . I mean a lot of people want to carry your bible (which by the way isn’t heavy) or get something for you and believe me I am in no way belittling what they do or try to do or their motives for doing whatever they choose to do but I must say I learned a new level of service in these past few months. Its easy for someone who calls you pastor or mama to serve you but when someone you consider an equal, a counterpart, a friend, literally takes off her clothes and wraps a towel around her and begins “to wash your feet” then I’m sure you know they have found a deeper revelation of the word “SERVICE”
For three months pre and post pregnancy I have been surrounded by people who have totally challenged my understanding of ministry. How do you explain someone volunteering to be nurse, cook, driver, housekeeper, nanny and friend without pay and leaving behind everything and putting her life on hold just to serve you. …and she does it joyfully? This post is already too long for me to start to outline all she has done but one thing she has done that will impact me for the rest of my life is… shes taught me how important it is to love with action, how important it is to be there when people need your help. She has taught me that nothing is too menial to do for God or His children. she taught me how to wash feet …and to wash them as if I were washing Jesus’ feet. God bless you Mabel (aunty “naybowl” or “naybelll” as dassah calls her) ,you will never lack helpers. today, i celebrate you amazing woman.
Love you plenty.
16 years ago, you proved how strong you were. Today, you are definitely stronger. God bless you love. He’s definitely holding your case file. Loads of testimonies this year ….i will be right tghere when you testify telling you, “I told you so” 🙂